On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende’s democratically-elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet’s army.
Patricio Guzman and five colleagues had been filming the political developments in Chile throughout the nine months leading up to that day. The bombing of the Presidential Palace, during which Allende died, would now become the ending for Guzman’s seminal documentary The Battle of Chile, an epic chronicle of that country’s open and peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it.
The film has been called “The major political film of our time,” and “a landmark in the presentation of living history on film.”
This week we are screening the first two parts, “The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie,” and “The Coup d’etat.”